|don't be daft - of COURSE these are not mine!|
Ah - next year....the optimism and potentiality of next year is what keeps gardeners going. Where you can draw a line under all the failures of this year and plan ahead for a Bright New Tomorrow.
I WILL remember to stake up the poppies before they get too tall.
I WILL water the tomatoes EVERY day whether they need it or not.
I WILL remember to plant out all my little seedlings and not leave them to perish, utterly forgotten, in the cold frame.
I WILL plant a bed for cutting flowers.
I WILL plant lots of vegetables.
I WILL harvest said vegetables and not leave them to rot in the ground.
I WILL keep my garden notebook up to date and not leave it in the shed for snails to eat like I did this year.
Next year I will.....
1 - Figure out a way to stop the neighbours cats from shitting in my greenhouse and polytunnel as soon as my back is turned. Let me clarify that. Let me find a way to stop them WITHOUT resorting to using poison or the air rifle. Believe me, you only need to pick ONE strawberry with a splatter of cat shit on it and poison seems like a perfectly reasonable option.
2 - I WILL have a soft fruit harvest next year. I will work out how those bloody birds and mice are stripping my glossy-berried redcurrants bare in the 24 hour window between me noticing that they are ripe and coming out with a bowl to pick them. I got NOTHING this year.
I had to harvest my gooseberries when they were as hard as Katie Price's tits - but they made lovely jam. The gooseberries that is.
3 I have only one planting combination in my mind that I MUST get organised for next year - some Crocosmia (Montbretia) called Lucifer (fiery red flowers and deep green foliage) and Agapanthus bulbs - big, blowsy, purple/blue flowers that are going to look GREAT with Lucifer. And yes, they flower at the same time!
|images shamelessly nicked from gardenersworld.com|
|cerigtostigma willmttanium - suggested by viv|
|Cerinthe purpurescens - as suggested by Viv|